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      Incoming Housing Minister: 'No Room' for Construction Freezes

      MK Uri Ariel: Construction in Judea and Samaria will continue at more or less the same pace.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 3/17/2013, 9:06 PM

      MK Uri Ariel
      MK Uri Ariel
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      The incoming Minister for Construction and Housing, MK Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), said Sunday that "there is no room for freezing" construction in Judea and Samaria.

      However, Ariel did not promise an acceleration of construction in the Biblical heartland, either. "Construction will continue beyond the Green Line, in accordance with government policy and in the same order of magnitude," he told Channel 10. "Construction in Judea and Samaria will be more or less the same as it was."

      "The government will carry out construction in Judea and Samaria, as well," he said, "but the main story is construction in Tel Aviv, the Negev, the Galilee and Hadera."

      Ariel promised a change for the better in the affordability of housing throughout Israel.

      "We will bring about a situation in which a couple is able to buy itself an apartment at reasonable rates," he said. "In 2014, with G-d's help, there will be a decline in housing prices."

      Ariel said that while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised former minister Moshe Cachlon that he would head the Israel Lands Authority (ILA), the ILA will remain within the Construction and Housing Ministry, and "we are looking into the possibilities with Moshe Cachlon, who proved himself as a minister."